Reports of a new Big Ten TV deal are coming out and at least one national writer says the six-year deal would make sense. Also, there are departures at Michigan State's and Iowa's football teams while another Big Ten star is testing the NBA Draft waters. Read Wednesday's Big Ten headlines digest now.
BTN.com's Tom Dienhart and Sean Merriman look at the most intriguing quarterback races in the Big Ten this season.
This is cool: Jamal Crawford has done something no player in NBA history has done. [ MORE: Eighteen Big Ten names on 2016 NBA Playoff rosters ] The one-and-done Michigan star and current Los Angeles Clippers guard claimed the 2016 NBA Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the award’s first three-time winner. Crawford also earned the honor in 2010, as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, and in 2014, also with the Clippers. Something else cool: At 36, Crawford is the oldest player to win the award, which was created before the 1982-83 season. Crawford averaged 14.2 points,
The 2016 NBA Playoffs tipped off Saturday, and there are plenty of Big Ten names still playing. Eighteen of them, to be exact, according to NBA.com’s team roster pages. Golden State do-it-all star Draymond Green (Michigan State) headlines the list, and is one of three former Big Ten player of year award winners in the postseason, joining Boston’s Evan Turner (Ohio State) and Charlotte’s Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin). If you’re wondering, Michigan’s four playoff players pace the Big Ten, followed by Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin, which have three apiece. Here’s the full list. ATLANTA HAWKS Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten since 2004, but the program still has churned out some top talent over the past 10 seasons. The Wolverines have had a storied reputation for producing receivers—and that bears out in the numbers, as Michigan has seen seven wideouts picked since 2006. But where are all of the quarterbacks (one)? There was a time when this program churned out signal-callers, including the likes of Brian Griese, Tom Brady, Elvis Grbac, Chad Henne and Jim Harbaugh, among others. The absence of NFL running backs also is noticeable, as just two Wolverine backs have been selected
On Thursday, the East Division football head coaches and one player from each team joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each school on the call here:
BTN and Riot Games today announced the BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event where two of the best Big Ten schools battle head-to-head in the highly-competitive online game League of Legends, the most played PC video game in the world. Ohio State will face off against Michigan State in front of a live audience at the widely popular video game event Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East) taking place in Boston from April 22 to 24. “The Big Ten has some of the premier eSports teams in the country,” said Michael Calderon, Vice President of Programming and Digital Media
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and writer/web editor Sean Merriman debate the following topic: What has to happen for 2016 to be considered a success for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines?
On Wednesday, the West Division football head coaches and one player from each team joined the Big Ten teleconference to take questions from the media. We’ve posted the audio for each school on the call here: On Thursday, we will have audio from coaches and players from the East Division.
BTN lacrosse analyst Mark Dixon delivers his weekly look at the Big Ten men's lacrosse action ahead. All three weekend games are available to watch live on BTN platforms. On Saturday, Michigan at Ohio State airs on BTN TV and BTN2Go while Rutgers at Maryland is available live on BTN Plus. On Sunday, Johns Hopkins at Penn State airs on BTN TV and BTN2Go.